26 June 2016 Broccoli

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Four pounds of garden broccoli was processed into seven liters of pressure canned juice. Mixed with the broccoli was one pound of carrots including the tops, one pound of beets including the tops, and about a quarter pound of basil. The produce was washed, cut into small pieces, covered with water about seven liters, cooked until soft about 20 minutes, hand blended into a homogeneous slurry. The slurry was then strained through a 2 mm mesh food mill, and this residue was put through a Champion juicer to extract maximum nutrients. The output of the Champion juicer was mixed with the juice from the food mill. The seven liters of juice obtained was pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. this is for long term storage at room temperature, about a year in my case.

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23 June 2016 Strawberry Juice

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Twenty four quarts\pounds of strawberries were picked at a cost of $2.00 per quart and made into 19 liters of Pressure canned juice. Process was to remove ends, place in cooking pot, cover with water about seven liters, bring to a boil and blend into a slurry. Put through food mill screen 2 mm mesh. There was little residue and this step could be eliminated. The juice was placed in liter jars (19) and pressure canned in batches of seven. The pressure canning was 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature. A quart or liter of berries weight about one pound. Each liter of juice contains about 1.2 pounds or a quart/liter of berries. The juice has a slight tart taste, since strawberries are not very sweet.

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22 June 2016 Vegetable Juice (Kale,collards,basil,celery)

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The vegetables that were available in the garden were made into juice for long term storage. The produce was collards 3 lbs, kale 2 lbs, basil 1 pound, celery 1 lbs. Twelve liters of juice was obtained.
Process: Wash, cut into small pieces, cover with water, cook until soft about half an hour, hand blend into a slurry, strain through a 2 mm mesh food mill, put food mill residue through a Champion juicer to extract maximum nutrients. Place juice obtained into liter jars and Pressure Can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. This is for long term storage at room temperature. A total of 12 jars of juice was obtained.

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17 June 2016 Rabbit Protection

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I found this plastic poultry netting and decided to give it a test to keep rabbits from some of my plants. I have been using chicken wire cylinders and am assuming the plastic will be more convenient to handle.
https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Point-312450-50-Foot-Openings/dp/B000BWY7Z6?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Origin Point 312450 50-Foot x 24-Inch Gray Plastic Poultry Netting With 1-Inch Openings
The mesh was placed around 8 Brussel’s Sprout plants and supported every four feet by a plastic stakes woven through the one inch mesh.

by Origin Point

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16 June 2016 Haskap (Lonicera caerulea)

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The berries from my seven Haskap bushes were picked. This is the fourth year since planting small bushes. A pound and a half were obtained. The berries had a brix of 13 and were very red inside, a bit soft, some were dropping from the bushes and the taste was slightly tart. I made a blended milk shake of some and that is how the rest will be ingested. My bushes are crowded and held with cages which will be removed for next year’s harvest. There is little to recommend this fruit over blueberry, which will be available in about a month. Haskap are the first berry of Spring in my Zone 5 even earlier than strawberries except for the very early ones. The fruit is tedious to pick by hand.

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14 June 2016 Weigela

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The bush was severely trimmed last year and has responded in all its glory this year. I saw one bumble bee visiting the flowers. Seldom are there any bees in my garden which is of some concern. I use no ‘cides.

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12 June 2016 Vegetable Juice

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Garden vegetables which were mature were processed into seven liters of juice. Process is harvest, weigh, wash, cut into small pieces, cover with water, cook until soft about 20 minutes, blend into a slurry, stain through a food mill 2mm mesh screen, put residue from food mill through a Champion Juicer to extract maximum nutrients. Place product in liter jars and pressure can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature. The products used were two romaine lettuce 2 pounds, kale one pound, celery one pound, and one half pound of basil.

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7 June 2016 Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata

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The Colorado Potato Beetle surfaced in my garden today. Three adults were found and numerous larvae and eggs. Control is by picking and destroying all, usually several times a day. A large infestation requires the application of chemicals. The beetle cannot be ignored, since they multiply rapidly and can destroy a potato crop in a few days. The bug is ubiquitous and few gardens are without them in Canada.

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6 June 2016 Vegetable Garden

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The vegetable garden is thriving. It rained sufficiently yesterday, the first in about a month. There are no bugs out so far this year. A few rabbits appear but the little dog discourages them and barrier fences reduce the damage. Birds are a hassle as the fruit starts to ripen, particularly with the cherry tree. Some greens have been harvested and more to come. I pressure can almost everything which is not eaten fresh.

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5 June 2016 Indian Corn

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The Indian corn is up about three inches. All grew. No bird damage so far.

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Five rows of Indian corn, colored, was planted. This will give about sixty plants, which I use for making nixtamalized cereal. The seeds were placed in water in a warm place for about 30 hours to sprout prior to planting. Spacing was 8 inches and depth about 1.5 inches. The boards will be placed over the small shoots for a few days to discourage birds.

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